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Syracuse University to Remain Open Today (Jan. 31, 2019)
After reviewing the most up-to-date National Weather Service data and following consultation with an independent meteorologist this morning, Syracuse University will remain open today (Thursday, Jan. 31). However, and as always, campus community members should be aware and take precautions when severe weather is in the area.
According to the latest weather data available, temperatures will continue to improve with the wind chill effects diminishing this morning. The University will continue to evaluate the forecast and anticipated conditions. If a change in the University’s operating status becomes necessary, it will be announced:
- via campus email;
- on the University’s campus Twitter account (@SUCampus);
- on the University’s campus Facebook account (@SUCampus);
- on news.syr.edu and syracuse.edu; and
- via Syracuse University radio station WAER-FM/88.3 and other local media outlets.
With the frigid temperatures, Syracuse University’s Office of Health Services and the Department of Public Safety are reminding students, faculty and staff about steps they can take to stay safe, including:
- Dress to stay warm and dry, including wearing a hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover your face and mouth, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens (they are warmer than gloves), water-resistant coat and shoes, several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
- Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
- Avoid ice. Take the time to carefully walk around icy ground. Choose footwear that will enable you to “get a grip.”
- Be cautious about travel. Before driving, check for weather advisories. Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads if at all possible. If you must travel, try to travel with a friend, and take a cell phone with you.
Finally, if you’re traveling across campus, be aware and take advantage of resources available to you:
- Before heading outside, check the bus schedule to limit the time you spend outside. You can review the schedule, by visiting www.centro.org/colleges/syracuse-university.
- And, as always, DPS escorts are available by calling 315.443.SAFE. To learn more about the Safety Escort Program, visit dps.syr.edu/services-resources/safety-escort-program/.